Top seed North Carolina expects fast pace against Arkansas

Down five to Arkansas with less than four minutes to play, two seniors spoke in the huddle. Also in double-figures for the Tar Heels are Kennedy Meeks (12.6 PPG: 9.1 RPG) and Isaiah Hicks (12.3 PPG: 5.7 RPG). He said it fought through it more on the defensive end because that's where the Tar Heels needed it the most. He still, in his fourth postseason, prefers the comfort of his hotel room when the team is on the road.

If recent history is any indication, the one thing the Tar Heels (28-7) can expect from the Razorbacks is that it's going to play hard. "But I'm more comfortable talking a lot", Woods said.

"We have no idea if Joel Berry, what his ankle's going to be like in another 30 hours or whatever it is", Williams said on Saturday.

STAT TO KNOW: Despite the difference in their seedings, the teams have statistics that aren't much different except in one respect: North Carolina is averaging 13.1 more rebounds per game than its opponents this season, and Arkansas has been outrebounded by an average of 0.3 rebounds per game. They are close, and it shows in the way they tease each other.

The Wolfpack got the matchup they expected against the Longhorns on Sunday with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line. They knew it wasn't supposed to end like this before Hicks said it, but coming from him, it meant something. "It was a game up and down the floor and that's what I think we'll see with this game (Sunday)".

Arkansas: Anderson said the Razorbacks wouldn't change what they do against the go-go-go Tar Heels. It was actually about that simple.

In the media timeout prior to Jaylen Barford's layup that expanded Arkansas's lead to five points, Roy Williams challenged his team to embrace the moment, not cower to it.

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Though North Carolina produced the greatest National Basketball Association player of all-time in Michael Jordan, there aren't many recent National Basketball Association success stories for former Tar Heels.

"You work all season to play at home", said Texas point guard Brooke McCarty, the Longhorns' leading scorer and the Big 12 player of the year.

Sensing the contact, Berry chucked the ball up toward the basket, but no whistle - for a possible charge, block or traveling violation - was blown. In 1993, North Carolina defeated Arkansas 80-74 in a third-round game on its way to the NCAA title.

Arkansas was left for dead at 17-7 after three losses in four games, including one to basement dweller Missouri.

Woods was in Clemson earlier this year when the Tar Heels were at Littlejohn Coliseum.

"It was a high-level game", Pinson said.

As a member of the Dallas Mavericks this year, Barnes (who won an Olympic gold medal as the 14th man on the Team USA roster last summer in Rio) is averaging 19.8 points and 5.2 rebounds.


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